It is well known that in as much as people have strives throughout history to ensure their basic needs -- food, clothing, shelter -- they also strives, in the same degree to meet their spiritual needs, in which art played an unquestionable and integral part.
In July 2000, El Mastaba Center for Egyptian Folk Music was established, with the aim of achieving the following:
1- Gathering popular musicians and forming music groups in environments in which popular music is subject to extinction.
2- Collecting and documenting associated popular art and music, such as singing and dancing, through video, recordings and photography.
3- Organizing shows and festivals to disseminate their artistic work and strengthen the links among them, and between them and the widest possible audience.
4- Issuing of publications dealing with this type of music and enriching the dialogue informing it.
5- Producing documentary films, which inform others of this type of music.
6- Organizing workshops for teaching this music in its environment, to prevent it from becoming extinct.